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Twisted Sister drummer Anthony Jude Pero died on Friday, March 20, at the age of 55.

The heavy-metal band said A.J. Pero died of an apparent heart attack while touring with Adrenaline Mob, a group with which he played in between engagements with Twisted Sister.

Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French said A.J. Pero was on a tour bus Friday morning when Adrenaline Mob band members tried unsuccessfully to awaken him, then called an ambulance. He was taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was declared dead shortly after 11 a.m.Twisted Sister AJ Pero dead at 55

Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider called A.J. Pero “the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage.”

A.J. Pero, who joined Twisted Sister in 1982, was well-known for a scene in the video for 1984’s We’re Not Gonna Take It in which he struck a snare drum covered with glitter, sending it spraying into the air.

Twisted Sister will soon consider what to do about its six upcoming summer tour dates.

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